For 1,857 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ty Burr's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 This Is England
Lowest review score: 0 All About Steve
Score distribution:
1,857 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Utterly adorable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    It's spookily touching to see this massed group of former rock gods gathered to honor one of their fallen. Bald spots and graying shags predominate; the giant velvet lapels of 1969 have given way to sensible sport coats; the granny glasses are for real.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    What's most unusual about the original 24 years later, though, is its elegant minimalism.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The opening 15 minutes of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World are so well crafted that they restore your faith in commercial cinema.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Yet what I felt when the lights came up at the end of this visionary, titanic, relentless experience was something different: a strange relief that it was, at last, over.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Three quarters of Cold Mountain consist of some of the most masterful and absorbing filmmaking of the year. The final quarter is Hollywood business as usual.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Osama works simply as the story of one unlucky young girl.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    As sagas of endurance in the face of ridiculous odds go, this story is up there with Shackleton and ''Into Thin Air.''
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A straight-up drama and thus the only film in "The Trilogy" not forced into a genre straitjacket -- suspense thriller ("On the Run") or farce ("An Amazing Couple") -- "Life" is also the finest of the three. This isn't a coincidence.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Filmed with a cold, poetic beauty, The Return slowly strips away motivation until it arrives at a place of myth both private and oddly universal.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    One of the most enjoyable movies I've seen lately, but it has a biting knowledge of that which history gives and history takes away.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The film is as spare and unvarnished as a wooden temple floating on a lake, but its reflections run deep, and it can ripple your thoughts for months.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Turns out to be one of the finer peeks into the creative process of staging a play. Granted, that's a tiny genre, and the film's core audience -- theater majors and the people who love them -- is narrow. The lessons, however, are big.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    I don't usually make recommendations of this kind, but if you or your kids have gone to a burger joint in the last few weeks, you really do need to see this movie.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    "No God and no religion can survive ridicule," wrote Mark Twain, but for once the sage of Hannibal was wrong.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A much better movie than the one it honors.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Wants to claim Bukowski (1920-1994) as a 20th-century West Coast Walt Whitman -- a people's poet of modern degradation. Through a selective presentation of his writing and a reverently crass treatment of his life, it makes a funny, often intensely moving case, and you're having such a good time that you're glad to let it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    If there's a larger theme in Zatoichi, it's that nobody is quite who he or she seems.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The film is at its most quietly powerful, though, when telling the story of a group of African-American high school kids who took their discontent to the highest court in the land.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Haneke has become known as a dour modern master of cinematic pain, and in this movie he scrubs civilization down to the root level.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    A stunningly well-acted drama for grown-ups.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    If you've seen the Beatles documentary "Let It Be," you know what four men who are heartily sick of one another look like, and in 2001, Metallica had been recording twice as long as the Fab Four.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Giants has SO many insistent high points, in fact, that its breathlessness threatens to turn monotonous.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Unearths the expected footage from the crypt -- including a hilarious live video of the band arguing onstage over what to play next. The anecdotes are pungent and revelatory.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Turns out to be a grade-A B-movie that grounds its thrills in particulars of time, place, and character, so that when the time comes to make the leap into the wholly preposterous, we do so willingly. This is a movie that earns our trust -- and then happily abuses it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Among the most insane mainstream movies ever released.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    The film is startlingly even-handed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    As superbly crafted -- as good -- as this movie is, Condon never really owns up to the cloud of pessimism at its center.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Flattens you with concussive detail and the awfulness of war; it plays like "Saving Private Ryan" as remade by a Continental mathematician flipping out on Ecstasy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Ty Burr
    Elegant, insistent movie -- a great gray filmmaker's finest in years.